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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Electrical Systems Engineer in Westminster, Colorado

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.

We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site at or connect with us on LinkedIn at , Facebook at , Twitter at or Instagram at .

The Engineering Strategic Support Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.

Principal Electrical Systems Engineer

Does impacting climate change motivate you? Are you curious about unlocking the secrets to our universe? Does playing a part in our nation’s security excite you?

Ball Aerospace in beautiful Colorado supports DoD, NASA, and NOAA customers by designing space-based remote sensing systems. We are looking for a technical leader who can spearhead the development of electrical system architectures and implementations for cutting-edge space-based bus and payload systems.

What You’ll Do:

•Lead electrical technology assessments and electrical system level architecture trade studies, electrical system definition, and electrical subsystem level requirements flow-down (analysis and allocation).

•Provide subject matter expertise in technology areas including focal planes, digital signal processing, high speed data transfer, low noise analog sensing, thermal control, mechanism control, low voltage power, power management and harnessing.

•Provide technical oversight of detailed designs to ensure the electrical system is compliant and verifiable at the payload and spacecraft level.

•Develop instrument level grounding, EMI/EMC/ESD allocations and implementation, and electrical interface control definitions.

•Define and implement the test and verification programs.

•Lead the resolution of hardware anomalies and determine root cause and corrective action.

•Create discriminating electrical solutions to winning proposal efforts for spacecraft and space-based instruments.

•Effectively represent electronics within a payload or spacecraft systems engineering team.

•Build strong relationships with both internal and external customers.

•Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

•Perform other duties as necessary.

What You’ll Need:

•BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years of related experience.

•Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

•Experience as a technical team leader.

•First-hand knowledge of electronics used for low voltage power generation and distribution, digital data processing, high speed serial data transmission, discrete command and telemetry, low noise analog signal processing, closed loop control electronics, and EMI/EMC/ESD compliance.

•Knowledge of grounding architectures for low noise systems.

•Knowledge of harnessing to meet voltage drop, power, EMI/EMC/ESD, and signal integrity requirements.

•Experience developing single string and redundant electrical systems.

•Experience in developing or guiding the creation of electrical system specifications, and electrical requirements analysis and allocation.

•Detailed design experience with "space flight qualified" electronics.

•Analytical experience: FMECA, WCA, reliability, EMI/EMC/ESD, voltage drop, and derating.

•Ability to identify and mitigate technical risks.

•Ability to evaluate and optimize size, weight, and power.

•Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, strong presentation skills, and the ability to effectively lead group discussions.

•Expertise in high speed digital system architectures, closed-loop control systems, and integration and test experience.

•Embedded processor-based electronics architecture experience.

•Current TS/SCI is preferred, but not required; ability to obtain clearance is required.

Working Conditions:

•Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.

•May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.

•May access other facilities in various weather conditions.

•Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access. By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.

Relocation for this position is available.


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


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